First Grade vs Marconi. Won 2 – 1
We knew this would be a tough game and it didn’t disappoint. Marconi play a very similar game to us, they love to keep possession and play the ball to feet.
Marconi started off the better out of the two teams and won the first half possession dual 56% to 44%. That did not stop our girls from taking their chances. A play out from the back saw our girls pull together a great string of passes and this was finished by Danielle slotting home our first goal. Sutho lead half time 1 – 0.
We knew Marconi wouldn’t give up and they didn’t. It was just after half time that Jordy decided to have a shot from just outside the box and she nailed it. The keeper had no chance and we went up 2 – 0. No time to get complacent though. Marconi kept coming at us and their continued efforts earned them a penalty in the box. Emma was on the spot to save their shot but the ref gave them a second chance. Shame, it was such a GREAT save Emma.
At 2 – 1 and our girls dug deep and played well to keep Marconi out. We did have a few chances in the second half to increase the score but unfortunately couldn’t finish. Have to make a special mention to our keeper Emma, who had an excellent game today, her saves kept us in the match. Great effort Em.
Looking forward to a great game next week, first verse second on the table. Have a good week at training girls and let’s bring that enthusiasm and determination to next week’s game.
WPL17 SSFA 1 vs Marconi 2 The Shire packed their thermoses and headed to Marconi on a beautiful winters day, fully aware that their coach wanted to celebrate the day he was brought into this world with a solidifying top of the table victory. Alas the Marconi girls didn’t read the memo about such things. The field was deemed large enough by the Referee although it was hard to see how.
The game started and it was evident from the start that it was going to be a pretty dull affair. Leanna surprised the Marconi defence by hitting the post around the 10 minute mark after good interplay between Grace & Georgia.To be fair, the game was pretty even mid-way through the first half, with Marconi showing that they were not intimidated by the Shire girls and were happy to play out from the back.
Georgia was happy to have a pot shot around the 18 minute mark but it was just wide. Jazz showed that her 2 goals in the previous game was no fluke by again making it to the score sheet in the 20th minute. Emily pushing forward played a delightful ball to Grace who crossed from the left. Leanna mistimed the cross but it fell for Jazz who slotted the goal. Our dead ball specialist Emily narrowly missed from 30 metres around the 25 minute mark.
The field was narrow but the girls failed to use the full width of the field in attack and allowed Marconi to pressure the ball. Just prior to half time Christina and Sophia combined well down the right side to offer a chance to extend the lead, but to no avail.
A quick straw poll at half time on the coaches age had the crowd guessing anywhere between 30 !!! and 53. Best to leave it there.
Marconi came out after half time and put us under some pressure with their pressing and passing game. They certainly didn’t allow our girls to get into their normal rhythm and denied them extended time on the ball. Their pressure was rewarded in around the 24th minute of the second half with an equaliser. This seemed to spark the girls into a reaction and a penalty was awarded to them a minute later. Georgia made a great pass through to Leanna who outpaced the defender only to be brought down in the box. Bec stepped up courageously but unfortunately her shot was saved by their keeper. Bec had a couple of shots after this but they were saved.
Emily curled a free kick into the box a short time later. Bec controlled the ball beautifully and shot past the keeper only to see it ricochet into the post. Bridget just failed to get to the rebound. With 5 minutes to go Jayika just headed wide.
Pushing forward for the victory, an offside call against Marconi stopped a clear one on one with Matilda. Continuing to push for a result we were caught out with a pressing Marconi midfield, with a lucky loose ball being sweetly hit by them into the top left. Marconi ahead 2-1 with 5 minutes to go. The girls continued to press with number of corners earnt but it was not to be.
On reflection the result cannot be disputed. The Marconi girls were just that bit keener to get to the ball first and knowing that our girls were on top of the ladder an extra effort was required. This was not the present Browny wanted for his birthday.
WPL15. Today’s match, round 8, saw us up against Marconi. Going into the game we knew it was going to be tough and that we had to put up a fight. The whistle blew and Sutherland had possession moving the ball quickly with sharp passes. After the first 15 minutes Mia got the ball at her feet and scored our first goal. With the score now being 1-0 to Sutherland, Marconi were hungry to get a goal. In the last few minutes of the first half Marconi drove through our defence and got the ball into the back of the net, leaving the score 1-1 at half time.
The second half was definitely a nail bitter, with Sutherland and Marconi as strong as ever both determined to get a goal. With a bounce pass from Janan off a corner, I got a cross straight into the 6-yard box where the ball found Paris’s feet and she scored a cracker of a goal. 2-1 to Sutherland.
With Marconi transitioning fast they managed to score 2 goals. With the score 3-2 Marconi’s way Sutherland kept their ground and didn’t give up. Although there were a few questionable decisions by the ref, we kept playing our game and moving the ball around with crisp passes. We managed to get the ball to Mia were she crossed the ball into Meg where she slid a lovely ball past the keeper, 3-3 final score.
Well done girls, it was a rough game which even left Paris with a suspected concussion. Thank you to Megan for playing up for us today as well. (By Georgia Ethell)
WPL U13. SSFA vs Marconi. Lost 3-0
It was the top of the table clash. 1 verses 2. The game was very even until Marconi slipped in a goal just before the second half. We came back strong and created several chances ourselves creating pressure on them. Guiles made some great runs down the left side while Meagan still managed to create some really good chances. Milly, Tara, Bronte, Bella and Lucy were able to play some good passes to Tilly on the right who looked dangerous every time she advanced forward. Jade also made some great runs up the side in attack. Isabella created some chances in attack too and defended very well. Abbey, Nicole and Aiesha made many crucial interceptions at the back and all combined really well. Brodie (the birthday girl) was a rock in goals, positioning herself for every goal opportunity the opposition produced.
The second half began in a similar fashion to the first half. Although Marconi were leading 2-0 that didn’t stop us. Both teams created chances but Marconi were able to score an outstanding goal mid-way through the second half.
We know we are improving as a team week by week and we never stop learning and improving as players thanks to Geoff and Georgia and also a thanks to Nicole for her organisation. (Tara Palmer)
Reserve Grade. SSFA 2 Vs Marconi 1
A beautiful early winters day showcased an away game on Marconi ‘s turf but much of the play was on Sutherland’s terms. From the starting whistle, it was clear to see who the dominant side was and it took very little time for Sutherland to push the ball forward and attack the opposition’s defence.
Throughout the first half Sutherland created a number of dangerous opportunities which our attackers were unlucky not to convert into goals, the Marconi keeper keeping her side in the game with a string of unbelievable saves. One lucky break by Marconi against the run of play saw them take the lead 1 – 0. It wasn’t until a goal put away by Britt in the concluding minutes of the first half that Sutherland was able to draw level at 1 – 1 going into the half time break. The first half score line was no indication of the difference between the two teams, however Sutherland continued to remain positive and their dominance carried through into the second half.
Finally, after dominating the majority of the game, in the last 10 minutes of the second half, a firm strike by Maddi from outside the 18yard box hit the back of the net and Sutherland took a 2 – 1 lead.
Marconi’s strong pursuit to end the game with a draw made the last minutes of the game gut wrenching, however Sutherland’s midfield continued to hold strong until the fulltime whistle blew.
Overall, it was a well deserved win by the girls and one that helped maintain Sutherland’s dominant position on top of the table for another week. (By Diana)